A 1954 episode of the NBC Television Network sitcom "I Married Joan" entitled "The Clothes Budget". Possibly the most jumpy, confusing, and at times sloppy episode of this series, though it's still funny. The series is very similar to "I Love Lucy" (1951-1957), which itself is similar to "Mary Kay and Johnny" (1947-1950). A moderate success, it lasted 3 seasons but never made the Top 20. Annoyingly, this is an edited print.
Joan Davis ... Joan Stevens
Jim Backus ... Judge Bradley Stevens
Fritz Feld ... Andre
Bernard Gorcey ... Frisbee
Adele Jergens ... Helen Cavanaugh
January 6, 2010 Subject:
Best of the episodes
Gotta disagree that this episode is "confusing", etc. - think just the opposite - it's the tightest construction of the ones I've seen, and one of the funniest. Watch Joan's wardrobe disappear/reappear/disappear, etc., she's stuck wearing her ball gown to do housework, and yet she deadpans her way through it all. It shows how over-the-top Lucille Ball was in HER acting. It may be blasphemy to say this, but I prefer JD's style.
July 3, 2009 Subject:
Tooting My Own Horn
I uploaded this, since although the script is a bit jumpy, Joan Davis is simply a delightful actress, just as funny as other popular female comedians of the 1950's, such as Lucille Ball ("I Love Lucy"), Gale Storm ("My Little Margie") and Gracie Allen ("Burns & Allen"). "I Married Joan" always seemed to have weaker writing than those shows, but it rarely was bad, and this episode, while feeling a little rushed, is quite enjoyable.